Your Colleagues Say It Best…

Music educators, instrumental and choral directors are saying…

“The knowledge, experience, caring and professionalism of our guide was so appreciated. We enjoyed all our interactions with the Cuban people, especially the students at the school in Cienfuegos. Highlights included out interactions with the Provincial Concert Band, the traditional Cuban music ensemble and music schools. I intend to return for a 5th tour in 3 years.”
Peter Wenzek, Band Director, North Burnaby, BC

“The opportunity to be in schools playing and dancing with the Cuban students is always a highlight. Their pure joy and love of music is inspiring. I would recommend school bands come to Bayamo! In four trips this is the nicest, cleanest, friendliest city we’ve visited in Cuba, plus a concert band tradition far stronger than anything we saw in Havana.”
Martin Kennedy, Band Director, Okotoks, AB

“I think the best part of the trip was the Cuban people. They made the experience special. The more we interacted with them, the better the trip became. The vocal and percussion workshops were great. A real highlight was the interaction with the students at the Arts School in the countryside. This was a trip we will always remember.”
Deborah Flynn, Band & Choir Director, Saskatoon, SK

“MARVELOUS! I have done 30 band trips over my career and this was the absolute best. Our performances, then hearing, interacting and sharing with the Cuban music students was inspiring to us. The hands on percussion workshop and vocal ensembles allowed us to learn different styles and understand Cuban rhythms.”
Greg Prest, Band Director, Ottawa, ON

“I cannot imagine a more culturally or musically enriching experience for my students. Never before has a school trip been so thoughtfully put together or carried out. I cannot think of how the trip could have been improved upon for my students.”
Ginette Purdy, Band Director, Montreal, QC

“What a fantastic trip! It was an honour for us to meet, work and perform with the professional Cuban choirs. Everyone we met made us feel welcome. We have toured extensively in the past; this tour was by far the best organized and the easiest.”
Martin Waltz, Choir Director, Moncton, NB

“I have taken my bands to Cuba with Canada Cuba Sports & Cultural Festivals four times. Each experience has been powerful, musical, and cultural, Beyond expectations. This organization is committed to providing the most relevant and life changing musical experiences to Canada’s youth.”
Nathan Beeler, Instrumental Music Teacher, Bedford, NS

Sports directors and coaches are saying…

“Terrific experience, this was my 4th trip with a team and the best ever… the Cuban athletes were highly skilled … great attitudes … the coaches were great in running drills and instruction.”
Albino Pereira, Volleyball Coach, St. Catherines, ON

“I would do it again in a heartbeat… the Cuban athletes and coaches were competitive, spirited, skilled, friendly and willing to socialize and share…”
Dawn Keith, Basketball Coach, Lethbridge, AB

“Thank you. We were completely satisfied with all the arrangements. The organization and quality of the activities, events and competitions was first class. A highlight was the opportunity to interact with the Cuban players, coaches and officials.”
Brian Johnson, Field Hockey Coach, Toronto, ON

“Excellent! Students got to train with athletes of their skill level and at the same time learned about Cuban culture, history and people… a once in a lifetime experience… we’ll be back.”
Rick Lopez, Basketball Coach, Vancouver, BC